Oyala Thumotang National Park

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Oyala Thumotang National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Park track
Oyala Thumotang National Park is located in Queensland
Oyala Thumotang National Park
Oyala Thumotang National Park
Nearest town or cityCoen
Coordinates13°28′54″S 142°16′42″E / 13.48167°S 142.27833°E / -13.48167; 142.27833Coordinates: 13°28′54″S 142°16′42″E / 13.48167°S 142.27833°E / -13.48167; 142.27833
Area4570 km²
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteOyala Thumotang National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Oyala Thumotang, formerly Mungkan Kandju National Park (and prior to that Archer Bend National Park), is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 1,914 kilometres (1,189 mi) northwest of Brisbane.


The Oyala Thumotang National Park encompasses what was formerly the lands of the Wik Mungkan, Southern Kaanju and Ayapathu Aboriginal peoples.[1] The formation of the original national park was closely linked to the significant court case of Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen decided in the High Court of Australia.


The park is located in central Cape York Peninsula. It is about 25 km north of Coen. It is 12 hrs by road north of Cairns. The park occupies 381,000 hectares from the McIlwraith Range foothills in the east to the Archer River in the west. The Archer and the Coen rivers flow through the park.[2]


The park has open eucalypt woodlands, melaleuca swamps and areas of rainforest.


There are 18 camp sites near rivers and waterholes in the park. There is an entry fee. Drinking water is not available in the camping sites, so visitors need to carry their own water.[2]

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  1. ^ "Oyala Thumotang National Park (CYPAL)". The State of Queensland (Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing). Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "About Oyala Thumotang". The State of Queensland (Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing). Retrieved 7 March 2014. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Oyala Thumotang National Park" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).